December 13, 2019

Here are some common ways of how you can repair your skin barrier:

  • Drink more water
  • Always wear sunscreen
  • Cut back on exfoliating
  • Use gentle cleansers
  • Use products with ingredients like niacinamide, retinoids, linoleic acid, and vitamins A,C, and E
  • Eat more healthy fats like omega 3 and 6 or salmon, anti-inflammatory foods like ginger and pomegranate, plus hydrating foods like cucumber and celery
  • Turn down the water temperature—hot water can strip skin of moisture
  • Lower your stress levels

To understand the best way to take care of your skin barrier we are going to look at what a skin barrier actually is, some common symptoms of a damaged skin barrier, and what products are the best for restoring your skin barrier!

What is a Skin Barrier?

The skin barrier is the outermost layer of skin that protects everything underneath it from toxins. It also helps to ensure that much-needed moisture doesn’t escape and leave you looking pruny or scaly. Without the skin moisture barrier, your body would be defenseless. Chemicals and viruses could easily get through your skin. A skin barrier is one of the most important organs on the body. Learning about the skin barrier and how you can keep it strong and functional is a must!

How to Know if Your Skin Barrier is Damaged

The best way to know if your skin barrier is damaged is to examine your skin. Look for damaged skin barrier signs including redness, itchiness, sensitivity and more. Below is a list of common symptoms of a skin barrier that needs to be restored. If you experience any of these effects, utilize the recommendations above!

Damaged Skin Moisture Barrier Symptoms

  • Redness
  • Sensitivity
  • Dehydrated skin
  • Itchiness
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Rough to the Touch
  • Scaly feeling
  • Flakiness

A lot of skin problems stem from a damaged skin moisture barrier which is why you need to protect it. Simply repairing and healing your skin barrier each time it gets damaged won't stop these symptoms for good. You need to stop the problem at its source.

What Causes a Damaged Skin Barrier?

It is important to identify what damages your skin barrier, so it doesn't happen again. A skin Barrier can be damaged by a number of different things, but all of them remove natural oils from your skin. When these precious oils are stripped away, your skin barrier gets damaged. A few things that can cause this are:

  • Using harsh cleansers
  • Over exfoliating your skin
  • Excessively dry weather
  • Washing your skin too much
  • Exposing your skin directly to chemicals/acids
  • Stress
  • Age
  • Use of alcohol and smoking
  • Dehydration
  • Fragrances in your skin care products
  • Excessive sun exposure

Identify potential causes from the list above that you can control, and implement a plan of action to eliminate their effect on your skin barrier. If your skin barrier got damaged after being in the sun, makes sure you wear sunscreen and cover up! Does your cleanser contain harsh chemicals, try switching to a gentle one. Once you have changed your skin care routine all you have to do it wait. Patience is key.

How Long to Repair and Heal Skin Barrier

How long it takes to repair the skin barrier varies based on the amount of damage, skin type, and level of commitment. If you are consistent, you should see noticeable improvement within a month, but that doesn’t mean you can quit or slack off at this point. Make good skin care an ongoing practice for optimal results. 

Skin Barrier Repair Products and Facial Wash

Skin Barrier Repair Products and Facial Wash

For the best defense against skin barrier damage, or to repair the skin barrier, choose products with ultra-moisturizing and natural ingredients. TropicSport has a great skin care collection that uses ingredients like aloe, vitamin E, and tropical oils. You can find everything you need for great skin, from sunscreen and scrubs to cleansers, facial washes, and lotions. Plus, all our products are safe for the environment and ocean wildlife, so you can be sure you’re not damaging your skin or the coral reefs. 

Gentle skin care for all your extremities is what we do. Check out our natural and eco-friendly sunscreens and stock up on skin care products to help protect your skin barrier!

 

Jack Herrmann
Jack Herrmann


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